Midland Business Alliance
The Rise and Fall of Michigan Public Education – and What We Must Do to Rise Again
Name: The Rise and Fall of Michigan Public Education – and What We Must Do to Rise Again
Date: October 17, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
John C. Austin will present his ideas about improving public education in Michigan. John recently completed 16 years of elected service on the Michigan State Board of Education from 2001-2017. He served his last 6 years as President. Austin directs the Michigan Economic Center, a center for ideas and network-building to advance Michigan’s economic transformation. In 2015, Austin brought together the state’s business, labor, education, higher education, and bi-partisan legislators to form the Michigan Higher Education Attainment Roundtable (HEART) to implement a new broadly-supported roadmap to reduce higher education cost, help more citizens - young and old - access a higher education, and put Michigan where it belongs among the best educated states in the country. Austin received his Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor’s from Swarthmore College in Economics & Political Science, with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa.